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May, 2009:

On Cufflinks

A well selected pair of cufflinks can really help to create that perfectly finished look. I treat myself to a fine pair every time I land a big project! If you have been reading my blog, then you will know that my favorite place to find rich and interesting cufflinks is Seaman Schepps. Their elegant designs and unusual mix of materials such as semi-precious stones, wood, and shell keep me coming back for more.

To start, if you are interested in forming a cufflink collection, you should have a nice quiver of French cuffed shirts. For cufflinks, your first acquisitions should be some basics – maybe charcoal or silver pearls (these go with everything), and then one can branch out into other unique color and material combinations to compliment the colors you like to wear and the look that you are going for.

From Seaman Schepps

From Seaman Schepps

In the close-up detail above of my previous May post, “Bee Line Home,” I’m wearing a pair of Seamans Schepps cufflinks in white shell with multi-coloured coral beads and white gold. These are perfect for Spring/Summer looks and are nicely neutral. They present beautifully with a Tom Ford shirt in black and white striped cotton and my amazing Gucci white and black perforated leather Jacket with saddle leather trim.

From Seaman Schepps

From Seaman Schepps

In a detail from my May “Patience and Fortitude” entry, I’m wearing a pair of Seaman Schepps cufflinks in precious turquoise and white gold – a versatile choice for Spring/Summer. Depending on what I’m wearing, they can also work with Fall/Winter looks. I think aubergine and turquoise are a divine color combination as well so this would be a possibility for these cufflinks, and this summer I’ll be sporting lot of turquoise with purple, lavender, and blues – all good opportunities to wear these lovey cufflinks. Here I’m wearing a very handsome pale blue Glenn plaid cotton shirt by Tom Ford with the turquoise cufflinks as an accent color, Navy linen pinstripe pants by Gucci and a dusty pale blue suede biker jacket also by Gucci.

Francis Bacon

I was thrilled to attend the private opening of the Francis Bacon exhibition at the Met recently. Included were some of the most significant, (and horrifying!), works from each period of Bacon’s career. Rent the 1998 “Love is the Devil” if you haven’t seen it – an interesting portrayal of Bacon as a deranged artistic brute – a wonderful investigation of the more sinister aspects of the human condition. Derek Jacobi’s wickedly bitchy performance of Bacon is a must see – oh, and Daniel Craig play his younger self-destructive lover!


Celebrating this special event I’m wearing a black pin stripe wool crepe suit, a black cotton shirt with contrast white collar and French cuffs, black patent leather belt with silver leather trim and silver grommets and black, white and silver leather loafers, Seaman Schepps cuff links in black pearl and white gold, pocket square in black and white silk by Tom Ford.

Manhattan Great Home

The Rhinelander Mansion is an enormous turn-of-the-century French Renaissance Revival home originally designed by architects Kimball & Thompson for the heiress Gertrude Rhinelander Waldo. Unfortunately Rhinelander never had the chance to move in, (possibly due to lack of funds), and the mansion remained vacant until the 20’s when it was converted into stores, offices, and studios. Thankfully in 1983 the Rhinelander was acquired by Ralph Lauren to house his flagship store. Lauren made extensive renovations to recreate the classic opulence of the original interior and structure and it truly is the most perfect staging for the rich, all inclusive world Lauren creates.


Reflecting on all that I learned from my time at Ralph Lauren I’m wearing a Gucci cognac colored pieced suede jacket, palest pink silk butterfly print shirt, python belt with silver double horse head buckle, python loafers and brown suede and leather satchel all by Gucci, Tom Ford sunglasses.